JHERNA A. SHAHANI
Criminal Defense View
Jherna looks at all aspects of your case from a creative perspective, not just the facts or the law. She believes that the devil is in the detail and uses those unique details to find the best defense for you. This means that she will review every piece of evidence in your case to ensure that she is knowledgeable, prepared to fight, and has considered all possible defenses.
Jherna has a strong passion for constitutional rights and vehemently hates oppression or unfairness on even the smallest levels. She is truly committed to protecting her clients because she understands the enormous responsibility of defending their liberty. Many of Jherna’s past clients continue to provide updates on their lives because she fosters a real connection with them. Jherna cares about people and makes herself available by providing her cell phone number so that all questions are thoroughly answered.
Jherna graduated with a Regents diploma from West Genesee high school in Syracuse, New York. During that time, her passion for law became apparent as she competed on the Onondaga County mock trial team and placed second in the entire nation. She was also her school’s mock trial team captain and a peer judge for the Onondaga County Youth Court project. Her path towards law was solidified when she attended the National Student Leadership Conference on Law and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. and won the mock trial competition.
Jherna attended college at the American University in Washington, D.C. While in college, she was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, the Golden Key Honor Society, and the South Asian Student Alliance. In 2002, during her junior year of college, Jherna interned for a congressman on Capitol Hill. Jherna also spent a semester studying abroad in Madrid, Spain at Alcala De Henares. After college, Jherna worked at the Department of Juvenile Justice Services where she garnered great insight into the family and juvenile court systems in Las Vegas.
For law school, Jherna moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she attended Loyola University College of Law. Within two weeks of moving to New Orleans, the beautiful city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. While many other students postponed their enrollment or quit entirely, the hurricane did not stop Jherna. She continued her education and graduated in 2008. While in law school, Jherna studied abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica; Budapest, Hungary; and, Vienna, Austria. Jherna was also a member of the Women’s Law Student Association and the Entertainment Law Society. Jherna’s specific passion for the constitution and criminal law started to develop in law school where she interned in the homicide division of the District Attorney’s office in Orleans Parish. Through this position, Jherna learned that she loved criminal law.
After law school, Jherna moved to Florida where she started practicing law in 2009. As a young attorney, she quickly learned civil procedure and courtroom etiquette. After just one year of practice at a multi-state, major creditor defense firm with hundreds of attorneys, she was promoted to manage the appellate division of the entire Florida operation. In this position, she drafted all of the firm’s appellate and supreme court briefs originating out of Florida. Here, Jherna honed her trial advocacy skills by conducting dozens of bench trials as well as her civil litigation skills by taking hundreds of depositions and handling oral arguments.
A few years later, Jherna advanced her career and started practicing as round table counsel for Bank of America, N.A. Through this position, she handled highly contentious and litigious matters for her client and its servicers. She continued to advance her skills through trial, depositions, motion practice, as well as oral advocacy.
Recently, Jherna moved to Las Vegas. While in Vegas, Jherna worked at a well-known boutique law firm that primarily handled criminal defense matters. Eventually, Ms. Shahani started her own law practice.
At Your Defender at Law, Jherna believes that every single detail matters because one of those details can be the foundation of a unique, persuasive defense. This philosophy means that she always provides each case the time and attention it deserves.
Professional Admissions and Affiliation
Admitted to: United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; United States District Court, Northern District of Florida; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida; Florida State Bar; Nevada State Bar, United States District Court, District of Nevada.
Attorney Title Fund
Nevada Political Action for Animals
Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys
Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice